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Modhi Vilayadu

Modhi Vilayadu (2009) narrates the story about Uday Vasudev and his tryst with  (borrowed) identity. The film raises the question: What if you have lived a lie all your life?

The film introduces Uday, Rajan Vasudev, Chanakya and Eswari and begin to feel sad for them. Why?

You feel sad for

  • Uday(for the lie he lived)
  • Rajan Vasudev (for the life he lived)
  • Chanakya (for the false life he loved)
  • Madan (for the life he never lived)
  • Eswari(for the lie she believed)

People spell LIFE as: I, IF, LIE, LIFE

Life has to be spelt as LIFE!

How do you face the truth about yourself?  How do you let go false identity? How do you let go ‘borrowed’ identity?

How do you live your life – in all its fullness?


Dasvidaniya (2008)

Dasvidaniya official site


” Splendiferous jaunting of an individual of rediscovering himself on the course of accomplishing his list of ‘To do 10 things before I die'” – India Glitz

Banner: Lemon Tea Productions, One More Thought Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Cast:    Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Saurabh Shukla, Gaurav Gera, Suchitra Pillai, Sarita Joshi, Suresh Menon, Purbi Joshi, Kiku Sharda, Kunal Kumar, Joy Fernandes, Sachin Khurana,
Direction:    Shashant Shah
Production:    Vinay Pathak, Azam Khan, Shashant Shah
Music:    Kailash Kher

The Dhanush starer Yaradi Nee Mohini got released in theatres last week.  There’s nothing new – just a retelling of a love story. You can’t tell a story without romance in it. Yaradi Nee Mohini is yet another boy-meets-girl story. We’ve seen it all! Just like any other movie it is

  • a dark boy meeting a fair girl
  • a non-english speaking boy meeting a english speaking girl
  • a rural boy meeting a urban girl

Perfect, for the movie to be a “smokescreen” – presenting unrealistic dreams and desires to young people. Yaradi Nee Mohini tells the story of the hero’s struggle with his father, with his circumstance and with his dreams. Stories of the “underdog” succeeding somehow wins our hearts and minds. It is stories like these that (s)tick. Is there something we need to learn from this?

Young people are looking for significance. They are looking for security in a globalizing world that increasingly marginalizes certain groups of people. Young people are in the look out for meaning in the midst of an assault on value, personhood, meaning and imagination. Can we find a lasting solution?

To me, Yaradi Nee Mohini does more damage than help young people find solutions for existential questions.

“It is a typical ‘Mills and Boons’ type of romance” – India Glitz


Banner: R.K. Productions PVT. LTD.
Cast: Dhanush, Nayantara, Raguvaran, Karthick, Karunas, Mano Bala, Viswanathan
Direction: Mithran R. Jawahar
Production: Dr. K. Vimalageetha
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Website: http://www.ynmthemovie.com/

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